Let’s talk about Dean!
If you’ve ever attended one of his classes, you’re already familiar with his soothing, compassionate, and empowering vinyasa flows. But we adore him so much that we want to share with you all the magical philosophies, opinions, and experiences that make Dean tick!
Dean’s First Foray into Yoga
Dean remembers that the very first time he dipped his toes into yoga was sophomore year of high school during band camp! But he says there wasn’t a specific experience he can pinpoint that inspired him to continue; rather, a collection of life events and classes turned him into a yoga junkie over time.”If I’m really being honest, then my perception of yoga back then was like an uncoordinated person’s version of choreographed dancing,” he jokes.
He credits yoga for helping him through the difficult teenage years (which are rough for pretty much all of us!) as it gave him something that traditional anti-depressants and anxiety medications couldn’t do: offer a simple technique he could use to calm his nerves.
Dean’s Joys and Challenges as a Yoga Teacher
We asked Dean what the most exciting part of being a yoga teacher is, and his answer is so terrific. He loves how his classes impact the energy of his students. For example, sometimes he’ll see someone who was visibly stressed when they walked into the studio now doing a little dance to the music during Downward Facing Dog. He also notes, “Secretly I love when people fall asleep in Savasana!”
Dean finished his yoga teacher training program about five years ago, studying under Michele Fife. The most challenging component for him was not the long hours of practice or memorizing Sanskrit terminology; rather, it was getting over his fear of being wrong or not fitting into a specific box. “Once you let go of the negative self-talk and discover your own voice and presence, you are finally free to grow – not only as an instructor, but as a human in general,” Dean says. Matter of fact, this is something we could all benefit from working on!
When you attend one of Dean’s classes, you can generally expect a creative vinyasa, usually in a slow flow format. His passion for music fuels his choreography and results in an epic rush when the entire class lets go of their baggage and flows together.
Why Dean Loves Yoga Fever
The things Dean loves about Yoga Fever is our inclusivity, diversity, and intention. “I would describe Yoga Fever as a studio with traditional roots, without feeling stuffy or antiquated,” Dean comments. Though our yoga classes vary depending on the instructor, they’re all infused with a combination of philosophy, asana, and a strong anatomical understanding of the body. Dean promises that you’ll always feel safe and supported, both physically and emotionally.
Dean’s Hobbies Outside the Classroom
If you’ve already found Dean on Instagram (@deanj914), then you won’t be surprised to learn that he loves cooking plant-based meals. He also recently bought a house in Eastown that he and his boyfriend are renovating (er, trying!) right now. He also works in marketing.
Somehow, on top of everything else he does, Dean holds a number of yoga classes for charity. Watch out for an upcoming collaboration at Frederick Meijer Gardens!
Once you meet Dean, you’ll understand why he has formed so many amazing relationships with his students. He believes social media is a natural way to build a sense of community and uncover connections with strangers in the yoga classroom. (So, don’t hesitate to follow him on social media and strike up a conversation!) He’s also #honored to have been pronounced an official uncle to the new puppy of one of his students!